DIGITAL TRAUMA (And the Crystal Image)
Full screen, HD mode and headphones are strongly recommended, thanks.
2017 Video essay. 8 min.
If we can access our past at any given moment, to what extent can we get rid of it and look ahead? What consequences do the access to a digital memory (including access to the words, images and sounds of the horrors of the past) have for post-conflict societies? Can a digital memory become a powerful tool to ignite more profound ethnic hate, violence and war?.
The unprecedented availability of online databases offering media-based documentation of the past can change people from passive consumers of history to interactive researchers. This creates an interesting scenario because it’s now easier to evaluate and compare contrasting representations of the past but also to create and disseminate fabricated versions of the past with its dangerous consequences.
The Crystal Image (Deleuze) describes a moment where a past image becomes fused or confused with its presentness. In the film, postproduction is used as a conceptual tool to “traumatice” the Digital Image itself by using the slit scan technique. This effect creates images of time-based phenomena by merging different layers of time within a single image. The result is a liquid time, where the present becomes fused with the stream of images from the Google search box.
All the images and sounds are the combinations of the real result from typing the words in the Google search box.
VIS Vienna International Short Film Festival 2018. Special Achievement (Animation Avantgarde and experimental film).
35th Kassel Dokfest Nominated to A38 Production-Grant Kassel-Halle Award.
First Prize Best Videoart. VEA International Videoart Festival (MX)
Artist-in-residency: Q21/MuseumsQuartier Vienna